The Elders Place At The Table
The Elders Place At The Table
Healthy Nutritional Awareness
Grandmother would always pick something from the earth in our little modest garden nothing fancy, just a corner by the side of the house or sidewalk. Her favorites were the herbs in the mint family. She simmered the herbs, then she gave to us usually in the form of a tea or a salve. The books that I had accumulated over the years became my reference material, each with such a wealth of information. Some of them even had preparations very similar to what I remembered my grandmother doing in the kitchen with her ingredients. I'd often buy the ingredients then follow the information and instructions that I received from the books before my children became ill, so that I would be familiar with their properties. Some of the herbs were good for the bath water, not just to take internally. My children seemed to love their herbal baths.
At this time in my life, in my 60's years is such a blessing for my style of teaching. I'm at the age where I can remember what it was like before all of the artificial flavors and hormonal additives were ingredients in everyday foods. And being raised in Berkeley, (Bay Area) CA, it means that I am also a "drug wars experimental years" survivor, an observer of the "natural back to nature" movements. Along with that era was the questioning of those in authority as an act of "Self-Determination" and exercising one's rights when it came to lifestyle, birthing babies, and living in peace with the world community. So asking about the side effects of drugs, vaccinations, and chemicals in foods comes so natural for me.
Grandmother Lena Mae, passed on her cooking skills to her 4 daughters who are known to be great cooks in our family. Up until about 5 years ago my mother and aunts would cook up large quantities of gourmet food to entertain large gatherings of friends. In 1981 I was 26 years old, after reading "How To Eat To Live" Books One and Two, it gave me the information I needed to confidently make a swtch in my food choices for protein and a healthy lifestyle. I became the only vegetarian in my family. My mother respectfully prepared vegetarian options for me and my children. My family would still tease me though, because growing up I didn't like vegetables and eating my salad was an unpleasantry. The books I began reading shared information about the dangers of processed foods, the health risks associated with certain types of food, and the doctors lack of knowledge regarding food as medicine.
A LIFESTYLE BASED ON THE CONVIENENCE
Today's generation has to relearn the healthier ways of eating. This commercial age that began in the 60's and intensified in the 80's has advertised convienence. The result of which has given rise to the doctor's visits and a need for medications, due to introducing poor quality food, non-food substances, artificial chemicals, and age inducing hormones that do not benefit our health, and at worse destroys and deteriorates our bodily functions.
AREA OF INSTRUCTIONS
- [_] 1. Learning How To Use Fooducate For Healthier Choices
- [_] 2. Herbal Seasonings & Flavors
- [_] 3. Emotions, Organs, And Discomfort
- [_] 4. Food For Thought: Managing Emotions
- [_] 5. Identifying Areas That May Cause Stress
- [_] 6. Addressing Imbalances For Health & Wellness
- [_] 7. Vitamins & Minerals
- [_] 8. Self Development Calendar For Success
- [_] 9. Soups, Salads, & Smoothies: White Bean Soup
THIS PAGE IS CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION: A WORK IN PROGRESS
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: CONSULTATIONS, WORKSHOPS & CLASSEES
FOODUCATE PRODUCTS & CATEGORIES:
Explanation, Nutrition, Ingredients
- [_] Fruits
- [_] Vegetables
- [_] Breads & Carbs
- [_] Breakfast
- [_] Dairy & Eggs
- [_] Meat & Fish
- [_] Other Proteins
- [_] Condiments & More
- [_] Dips, Spreads & Jams
- [_] Prepared Foods & Soups
- [_] Fast Food Restaurant Chains (by ABC)
- [_] Salty Snacks
- [_] Sweet Snacks
- [_] Beverages
- [_] Cooking & Baking
- [_] Baby Food
Sample Photo 1
WE JUST DON'T GIVE BIRTH AND KNOW HOW TO BE MOTHERS. WE NEED GUIDANCE
These are women from my nutrition class that I teach at the Senior Center in Atlanta. One of the important topics we covered was the absence of the wisdom of the elders in teaching our new moms how to be mothers in taking care of and feeding their children.